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Bobby valentine and Kevin Youkilis will not be sending each other Christmas cards this Holiday season. Needless to say, there is no love lost after the two failed to get off on the right foot, and it is also obvious that the relationship only continued to worsen with more time. That strained relationship caused the Boston Red Sox to jettison Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox during the 2012 MLB season.
But now, Valentine is long gone. John Farrell has replaced Valentine as the new Red Sox manager, as the team opted to bring back a familiar face.
Could they be prepared to bring back another one in Youkilis?
It may be a long shot, but the White Sox declined a $13 million option on Youkilis for 2013, as was widely expected. He will not get that type of money from any team, given his decline in production as well as the fact that he was become quite injury prone.
But that is not to say that he cannot still help a team, albeit from a defensive aspect and at a far lower salary. The question is, could it be back in Boston?
Will Middlebrooks is the long term answer at third base. It should be noted that the job is his going forward, and no player on the open market is likely to alter those plans. Middlebrooks proved that he can hit and handle the hot corner, and he should be the third baseman for the Red Sox for years to come.
But what about first base? Adrian Gonzalez is gone. James Loney is highly unlikely to come back. Boston will have an opening at first base and, without many other options, the Red Sox could very well bring Youkilis back to man that spot in 2013. They would not give him a long term deal, but for a team not looking to spend crazily this offseason after just paring away a large portion of its’ payroll last season, he could be a cheap fit.
I am not saying that the Red Sox are on the verge of signing Youkilis to make a dramatic return. It may not be in the works. It may not even happen. But to rule out the possibility entirely would be ignorant as well.
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